Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Andrea Amaya

An Outstanding Islander

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Academic Insider
In just two semesters, Andrea Amaya, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, has left her mark at the Island University. Four years ago, Amaya was attending law school in her native country when she decided to move to the United States to study English. She came to Corpus Christi, Texas, in summer 2006. After earning an associate’s degree, she enrolled at the Island University in spring 2010. During her time here, she has quickly made Texas A&M-Corpus Christi her home. The communications major is news editor for the Island Waves student-run newspaper and was the first on the staff to write English and Spanish articles for the paper. She is president of the International Student Association (ISO) and works for the Center for Academic Student Achievement (CASA) as an Academic Insight Mentor, where she gives advice to new students making their transition to college life. Amaya, who can relate to students through her study abroad experiences, wants to ensure they make the right choices and know where to find assistance. One of the first observations Amaya made when coming to campus was everyone’s willingness to help each other succeed. She teaches free Spanish language classes on campus every Thursday through ISO and implemented the organization’s first faculty awards ceremony in November 2010. Amaya considers the Island University one of the most diverse institutions she has visited. Her involvement here has led her to meet many international students and attend an array of colorful cultural events. Amaya has assisted with activities for International Education Week and is a candidate for Homecoming Queen. And, she is involved with an off-campus Bokenkamp Children’s Shelter remodeling fundraiser. She is an intern at television station Univision 28, where she edits news copy and is training for an anchor and producer position.

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